Jacquelyn Abbott, soprano

Biography

DR. JACQUELYN MOURITSEN ABBOTT, soprano, has loved singing from a very young age and began her vocal training not far from here in Kaysville, Utah. As she was pursuing an undergraduate degree in Communication Disorders at BYU, she felt singing was her true calling and went on to receive a master’s degree in Vocal Performance at the Cleveland Institute of Music and has recently graduated as Doctor of Music in Voice Performance with distinction from the Jacobs School of Music at Indiana University.

Jacquelyn has enjoyed teaching voice lessons and music classes at Utah State University in Logan, Utah; the International School of Music in Maryland; Music on the Hill in Washington, DC; Olmsted Performing Arts and Warren Henry Music in Ohio; as well as her own private studios in Maryland, Utah, and Indiana. In addition to teaching, Jacquelyn enjoys singing and directing opera. She most recently worked as a stage director at the Miami Music Festival (MMF) where she directed a double bill of Purcell’s Dido and Aeneas and Menotti’s The Medium, directed selections from Handel’s Radamisto, and served as associate director for Corigliano’s Ghosts of Versailles. At MMF Jacquelyn also taught master classes, and classes in acting, stage movement, and audition preparation.

In her spare time, Jacquelyn enjoys rock climbing and the culinary arts.

She met Marc Abbott in 2017, married him in 2019, and they’ve been singing together ever since.

Education

  • April 2019 - December 2020 - Private Vocal Studies, Dr. Harry Dunstan, American Center for Puccini Studies, Derwood, Maryland.
  • April, 2020 - Doctor of Music, Vocal Performance with Distinction, Jacobs School of Music, Indiana University, Bloomington, Indiana.
  • May, 2012 - Master of Music, Vocal Performance, Cleveland Institute of Music, Cleveland, Ohio.
  • August, 2010 - Bachelor of Science - Summa Cum Laude, Communications Disorders, Brigham Young University, Provo, Utah.

Voice Teaching

StudioLocationDates
JM Abbott MusicCache Valley, UT2021 - Present
Utah State UniversityLogan, UT2021 - Present
International School of MusicBethesda, MD2018 - 2021
Music on the HillWashington, DC2018-2019
Warren Henry MusicCleveland, OH2013
Baldwin Wallace Community Arts SchoolOlmsted Falls, Ohio2013
Private Voice TeacherUtah, Ohio, Indiana, Maryland2011 - present

Stage Director

Director

WorkConductorLocationDate
The Medium/Dido and AeneasSteven GathmanMiami Music Festival2018
Radamisto (excerpts)Sandra López NeillMiami Music Festival2018
Lucia de LammermoorKaterina SouvorovaBel Cantanti Opera2018
La CenerentolaJesse LeongQueen City Opera2017
An Embarrassing PositionMaría Paulina GarcíaMiami Music Festival2017
Tribute to Jake Heggie (Scenes Program)Kirill KuzminMiami Music Festival2017
Studio Scenes ProgramMaría Paulina GarcíaMiami Music Festival2017
Apprentice Scenes ProgramKirill KuzminMiami Music Festival2017
RuddigoreAlvin HoUniversity Gilbert and Sullivan Society2016
Mese MarianoYuriy BekkerMiami Music Festival2016
Studio Scenes ProgramJeremy FrankMiami Music Festival2016
La Chanson de Fortunio Scenes ProgramJeremy FrankMiami Music Festival2016
Bon Appétit!Steven BerlangaIndiana University (IU)2016
Third and Oakstage playIU Directing Realism2016
The Magic FluteJames MaverickReimagining Opera for Kids2015
Acis and GalateaDominick DiOrioIndiana University2015
The Actor’s Nightmarestage playIU Directing Realism2015
A Marriage Proposalstage playIU Directing Realism2015
Opera Workshop Scenes ProgramPiotr WisniewskiIU Opera Workshop of Patricia Stiles2014
The Curious Case of Benjamin BrittenGregory GeehernIU Opera Workshop of Sylvia McNair2013
Rita/The BoorAdam WhitingGreat Lakes Light Opera2013

Assistant/Associate Director

WorkConductorLocationDate
Ghosts of Versailles (Associate Director)David Carl ToulsonMiami Music Festival2018
West Side StoryMichael ShellIU Opera and Ballet Theater2018
Lucia di LammermoorJose Maria CondemiIU Opera and Ballet Theater2018
Ariadne auf NaxosJames MarvelIU Opera and Ballet Theater2018
RodelinaTom DiamondIU Opera and Ballet Theater2017
The CrucibleDavid Carl ToulsonMiami Music Festival2016
La BohèmeJennifer WilliamsMiami Music Festival2016
CendrillonStephanie KincadeHalifax Summer Opera Festival2015
La TraviataShawn McDonaldArbor (Michigan) Opera Theater2015

Assistant to the Director

WorkConductorLocationDate
Florencia en el AmazonasCandace EvansIU Opera and Ballet Theater2016

Opera Roles

Reimagining Opera for Kids is noted here as ROK

Great Lakes Light Opera is noted here as GLLO

RoleOperaComposerProductionDate
Improvised CharacterWorking TitleTaylorROK2016
RitaRufus and RitaBernofskyROK2016
SlothRufus and RitaBernofskyROK2016
Pamina, 2nd LadyThe Magic FluteMozartROK2016
Rainbow CrowFirebringersChappell KingslandROK2015
Emily/Cosmic KayCosmic Ray and the Amazing ChrisLindsayNew Voices Opera2014
Ana/YeyaAna y Su SombraOrtizROK2014
RitaRitaDonizettiGLLO2013
SilberklangThe ImpresarioMozartGLLO2012
AnnouncerGallantryMooreGLLO2012
Counsel for the PlaintiffTrial by JurySullivanCIM Opera Theater2011
Henny PennyChicken LittleBenjaminBrigham Young University2010
Abdus/ParthianThe Other Wise ManTaylorUtah/Idaho Performing Arts Company2009

Theater Roles

RolePlayAuthorProductionDate
Execution Nurse (super)Dead Man WalkingHeggieIU Opera and Ballet Theater2018
Gentlewoman/soldierMacbethShakespeareIU Theater2018
ReganKing LearShakespeareOlmsted Performing Arts2018
Valdes/WrathDoctor FaustusMarloweBrigham Young University-Idaho2017

Selected Arias

AriaOperaComposer
Sempre liberaLa traviataVerdi
Quel guardo il cavaliere…So anch’io la virtu magicaDon PasqualeDonizetti
Quando m’en voLa BohèmePuccini
Chi bel sogno di DorettaLa rondinePuccini
Depius le jourLouiseCharpentier
Ach, ich fuhlsDie ZauberflöteMozart
Oh! Quante volteI Capuleti e i MontecchiBellini
No word from Tom…I go to himRake’s ProgressStravinsky
Mein Herr MarquisDie FledermausStrauss
Spiel’ ich die Unschuld vom LandeDie FledermausStrauss
O mio babbino caroGianni SchicchiPuccini
Chacun le saitLa fille du régimentDonizetti
Prologue aria (RUS)Snow MaidenRimsky-Korsakov
Melting scene (RUS)Snow MaidenRimsky-Korsakov

Publications

Professional Skills

  • Acting coaching, audition coaching, singing, teaching, stage makeup, and stage management
  • Languages sung in: English, German, Italian, French, Russian, Czech, Swedish, Norwegian, Ukrainian